Archive for March, 2007

British Sailors and a weak response

March 31, 2007

15 British Sailors are illegally taken by Iran and what the response? I am continually amazed and the weak responses the western world has over acts of war. By Iran’s own account, the first set of coordinates, the Sailors were in Iraqi waters. Yes they changed that later but with GPS systems and Satellites we know they were not in Iranian waters. So why the weak talk? Has the west lost all courage?

Generally the military Brits I’ve worked with have been great allies. But of course that’s the military and not their populace. These are a people that seem to be creeping into the lefts defeatist mentality at a very fast rate. They of course are not alone as many in the US are doing the same and the rest of Europe ran to many years ago.

Why is it so hard to say, “look you took our people illegally and we want them back now, this is an act of war and if they are not returned within 24 hours we will come and get them”? I suppose that would require resolve and a decision. Something we have become unable to maintain or make.

The rest of the EU seem to be very quiet on this other than having “grave concerns”. What horsesh*t.

In the meantime those Sailors must live like prisoners and continue to be humiliated by statements against their country, statement that are surely forced from them by threats of violence.

What a sad state the world has come to.

Update:  EU won’t Freeze exports to Iran.  See the French want to avoid inflamming the situation and the Dutch think we need to keep dialog open.  What great support…..

The enemy within..

March 27, 2007

Senate Dems Win Vote to Keep Iraq Withdrawal Timetable 

House backs Iraq deadline

The United States House and Senate is quite simply a f*****g embarrassment.  As I near deployment my faith in the men I’ll stand beside is greater than ever.  My faith in my country is not. My faith in my government is even lower.

Some say we can’t win this war on terror (Iraq).  When a large portion of America would rather support our enemy they may be on to something. 

I’d still rather go down trying then to live with these cowardly, selfserving SOBs. But then they wouldn’t understand that would they?

More Irainian prisoners

March 25, 2007

According to Richard Miniter on Pajama media the US is holding over 300 prisoners tied to Iran. They have all been captured within the last two months. In his article he sites the change in tactics that have netted this large number of Iranian tied prisoners. This certainly makes the placement of General Petraeus look like a good move. But this little bit in his article is what I find the most interesting.

The Pentagon received “considerable pressure” from officials in the State department and CIA to release some or all of the Iran-linked prisoners to facilitate discussions between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Iranian officials. Apparently, Gen. Petraeus sharply disagreed, saying that he intends to hold the prisoners “until they run out of information or we run out of food,” according to our sources who heard these remarks through channels.

If true, General Petraeus get even more points from me and I have to wonder what the hell has happened to Condoleezza Rice. I thought she was a hard liner with real goals in mind for the state department but it doesn’t appear so. The CIA is more interested in Embassy parties so I’m not surprised there.

Could this have been the impetus for the capture of British Sailors of the Iraqi coast?  It would seem that at some point someone will have to get tough with Iran.  With our congress I don’t see the US doing anything but maybe Iran will someday piss enough people off that someone out there will put a boot in their asses.  I’m probably being delusional since the West has lost it’s courage and will probably just cave to all Irainian demands in the future.

12 Year old Boy Scout found weak but ok

March 20, 2007

Searchers find Boy Scout ok.

 What great news. With all the terrible stories out there of lost children and abductions this story was refreshing.I personally was losing hope they would find him alive.

I was never a Boy Scout but I did have a Boy Scout handbook which was loaded with great information. I wish I still had one. As a father it sure is nice to see a good outcome to a missing child story for a change.  I can only imagine the fear his parents felt. 

300

March 17, 2007

With a cough I hoped I could suppress at least until the louder moments of the film I went to see 300. I had no illusions that this film was a historical film, no this was pure fantasy. That was ok by me.

If you’ve seen Sin City the filming style is similar. Lots of contrasting colors, CG animation mixed in and blood splatter everywhere. The look had a definite graphic art feel to it. This probably bothers some but I expected and liked it. Sometimes over the top is just right.

The story is simple. King Leonidas takes 300 of his Spartans to meet the invading Persian King Xerxes. Whose troop’s numbers somewhere near 20,000. The Spartans are destined to lose but their courage and determination are what heroes are made of. There are no nuanced moments in this film. These guys are straight forward. Something we could surely use these days.

One of the quotes I liked was,” Spartans don’t retreat and Spartans don’t surrender”. That kind of makes the decision process move much quicker.

What I liked the most was that these “Spartans” had no doubts about whom or what they were. They didn’t kneel before anyone.

I’ve seen some question how a movie as simple as this with no superstars could do so well. But the answer is simple. We are tired of “show me your feelings” type movies and men who cry every ten minutes lost in self doubt. We want strong men and real women in our movies. This one had both.

This is not a chick flick. But if you want hard-ass, let’s kill all we can and die gloriously then you’ll probably find this entertaining.

Attorneys and Thompson

March 16, 2007

Firing of eight US Attorneys:

How do things like this even make the news? I mean the Attorney General does what is apparently authorized by law and you’d think someone broke into a certain apartment complex and stole something.

The left are claiming the firings were political. Well no shit. But since they serve at the Presidents pleasure he can fire them all if he wishes. Does the fact Karl “The grand puppet master” Rove talked to someone about this makes any difference. I don’t think so but then the Democrats continue to latch on to any and everything to tear down this administration and this country.

Fred Thompson to enter the Presidential race?

While I need to research a little more about Fred I can’t think of anything that I haven’t liked. His latest statement editorial is right on the money. Writing about code pink camping out on Nancy Pelosi’s doorsteps trying to get the de-funding of the war in Iraq Thompson wrote.

Code Pink was founded on his birthday, and when Saddam Hussein was being given a last chance to open Iraq to U.N. weapons inspectors, posters appeared around America asking “What would Gandhi do?”….

…It turns out that the answer, according to Gandhi, is NEVER. During World War II, Gandhi penned an open letter to the British people, urging them to surrender to the Nazis. Later, when the extent of the holocaust was known, he criticized Jews who had tried to escape or fight for their lives as they did in Warsaw and Treblinka. “The Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher’s knife,” he said. “They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs.” “Collective suicide,” he told his biographer, “would have been heroism.”…

…Gandhi probably wouldn’t approve, but I can live with that…

I can also live with it.

The fear I hear expressed around those that I work with is that this is a throwaway election and we shouldn’t give up a good guy in this one. I don’t know..

Posting again soon

March 15, 2007

Between working a lot, sickness and leave I haven’t had anytime to add much here.  But I will be back soon.  I need to get my thoughts together then posting will resume.